WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Trump delivered a message of relentless optimism and unapologetic strength. Our economy, once struggling, is now providing opportunities for hard-working families. Our military, after suffering from years of neglect, is being rebuilt. Our southern border, once porous, is now secure. Our trade deals, outdated and unfair, have been modernized and improved. 

“Our national story over the past three years has been one of triumph over the forces of decline. 

“Strong pro-worker, pro-growth policies continue to bring millions more unemployed Americans off the sidelines and into the workplace to seize their piece of the American Dream. The job market continues to excel and wages for low-income workers are growing at the fastest rates seen in years. Entire blue collar regions of America are making a comeback that few could have predicted and many wrote off as impossible. Simply put, President Trump has overseen one of the widest and most successful economic expansions in modern history.

“The Trump Administration is also investing in working families and struggling communities. The federal government has directed unprecedented resources toward combating the opioid epidemic, following through on criminal justice reform, and encouraging school choice. House Republicans are aligned with the President in our determination to lower prescription drug prices. Pro-family, pro-life policies will ensure every child in America has a voice so they can reach their full potential. 

“Despite Washington Socialist-Democrats’ efforts to block the Trump Administration’s agenda, the state of our union is strong. We still have work ahead. President Trump’s address tonight was a clear reminder that the American people rejected decline in 2016 and we must continue to reject decline through 2020. I look forward to continuing our work with President Trump to build a brighter and more prosperous future for hard-working American families.”